India now has 243.2 million internet users and 106 million active social media users, according to the latest mid-year figures for 2014. The rate of internet penetration among India’s population is now 19 percent. All those numbers are up strongly from the end of 2012, when India had 137 million web users, 60 million active on social media, and an 11 percent web penetration rate.
Have Chinese authorities added Japanese chat app Line to its internet blacklist? [See bottom for update from Greatfire.org] Today our colleagues in mainland China fired up Line, where Tech in Asia houses its non-urgent communications, only to find that messages they sent were marked with an exclamation point, indicating some sort of technical error. That might not mark an immediate cause for concern. Line goes down frequently, not unlike any other social network, and even suffered a major outage two days ago.
Xiaomi founder Lei Jun said this morning that the Chinese phone-maker has sold 26.1 million smartphones in the first half of 2014. He pointed out that it’s a leap of 271 percent from its sales last year, according to Xiaomi’s own blog (via The Next Web). Xiaomi sold 18.7 million smartphones in 2013, which was more than double its tally in 2012. The new 26 million figure means that Xiaomi is still on course to hit its target of 60 million phone sales for the whole of 2014.
Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act goes live today: organisations must now get the consent of individuals when their data is collected. Although public agencies are exempted from the Act, the government has told FutureGov that it has introduced its own set of rules which are based on the same principles as the new law. From 2 July 2014 “organisations will have to notify individuals of the purposes for which their personal data is being collected, used or disclosed, and obtain their consent to do so”, said a statement by the Personal Data Protection Commission.
SINGAPORE: Taiwan semiconductor firm MediaTek on Tuesday (July 1) unveiled plans to invest another S$250 million in Singapore by 2020 in a sign of continued confidence in the city-state’s electronics industry. Economic Development Board (EDB) Chairman Leo Yip said MediaTek’s expansion – along with investments announced by firms such as Realtek and International Rectifier earlier this year – showed that Singapore’s semiconductor industry remained globally competitive.
The New Zealand government today announced it has signed up for capacity on the trans-Pacific Hawaiki data communications cable, and will become an anchor tenant once the link is constructed. Science and innovation minister Steven Joyce and communications and IT minister Amy Adams jointly announced the signing of the contract, which is worth NZ$65 million (A$60.5 million) over 25 years. The NZ government’s stake was acquired through the country’s Research and Educational Advanced Network (REANNZ) and includes the initial NZ$15 million contribution for Hawaiki announced last year.
The cloud technology industry in India is experiencing a significant growth period. A Gartner report suggests that around USD 3.9 billion will be spent on cloud services in India from 2013 through 2017, of which USD 1.7 billion will be spent on SaaS. While SaaS dominates as the largest cloud growth segment, the concurrent high growth rates of supporting IaaS and PaaS technology layers make them important markets to watch. Companies, big and small, understand the importance of adopting cloud technology, but quite often are not armed with the requisite knowledge to make informed decisions.
Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) is one of the largest non-alcoholic beverage bottlers in the Asia-Pacific region and one of the world’s top five Coca-Cola bottlers. The company, which operates in six countries and has 14,900 employees, 700,000 active customers and 270 million end consumers, was using what CIO Australia, Warwick Hutton, describes as ‘an ageing Lotus Notes system’. It was obvious that cloud computing — particularly a hybrid environment — was the answer.